While increased vigilance and harsher penalties have yet to put a major dent in film piracy, a little bit of high-tech know-how just may do the trick.
A superior court in Osaka has acquitted the developer of the Winny file-sharing software used in Japan for sending pirated pics and other software.
The Tokyo Intl. Film Festival has its critics, knocking everything from the quality of its programming to its overly cozy ties with the local industry and government.
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A group led by Nintendo is demanding $4.4 million in damages against four importers of devices used to play pirated software on Nintendo DS handhelds.
Hayao Miyazaki's megahit toon, "Ponyo," helped sway the decision of a Hiroshima court, which ruled in favor of local citizens opposed to a landfill and bridge project.
Media conglom Kadokawa Group Holdings has announced it's rolling Kadokawa Entertainment into Kadokawa Pictures on Nov. 1.
The Japanese mobile communications market is big, sophisticated -- and a world unto itself. But Disney has found that world to be one of laughter, not tears.
"DuelMasters" and "Penguin Problem" (Penguin no mondai), a double bill of toons for kiddies, topped the Japanese box office for the weekend of Sept. 19-20, ending the three-week reign of sci-fi epic…
The five commercial networks and pubcaster NHK still rule the Japanese TV biz, though cable and satellite strands are making inroads into sales and profits.
The Tokyo Game Show opened on Thursday at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe event space with its second-largest lineup of titles ever — 758.